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Bite-Sized Learning: Why Micro Learning is Gaining Popularity in Business

Posted on November 3rd, 2016 Read time: 2 minutes

 With the widespread use of mobile devices, increasing access to information, and shorter attention spans, chunking new material into short bursts of information, or micro learning, is becoming more common as a means of learning. Find out more about “micro learning” and how it may benefit your company.

What Micro Learning Is

 Micro learning is a three to five minute or shorter chunk of information created for a designated learning objective. Micro learning is typically used as an informal training method for improving an individual’s understanding and application of new information. Various media formats accessible on mobile devices and computers let training be accessed and completed anywhere with an internet connection.

Because the majority of information learned is typically forgotten within a month, micro learning helps people retain and apply their knowledge longer. Micro learning may be used to complement a formal training program, build on formal training through Performance Support Tools (PSTs), or encourage a change in a person’s actions so they apply their new knowledge and increase their output.

Benefits of Micro Learning

 There are numerous personal benefits of micro learning. For example, individuals may personalize their education using the methods that suit them best for stronger retention and application. Also, because trainees may access the material on their own schedule, they’re better able to focus on and process the information. In addition, because micro learning is designed for people with shorter attention spans, it’s perfect for millennials and other busy adults.

Micro learning provides multiple professional benefits, as well. Because of the shorter training time, costs are less than traditional eLearning programs. Also, micro learning may be designed and administered more quickly than other eLearning programs. In addition, the material may be quickly updated on an as-needed basis, ensuring the most current information is provided.

Potential Impact on Your Company

 Utilizing micro learning in conjunction with formal employee training programs may improve your bottom line. For example, if you have remote workers in your organization, they can remain updated on information necessary for team projects. Also, a mentor may give a mentee feedback on their work performance. In addition, an employee may email a co-worker with instructions on completing a task for a group assignment.

You may want to implement micro learning as part of your employee training programs. For further help with increasing your workers’ output, get in touch with Innovative Employee Solutions today!

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